New Year–New ???

Hello, hello, hello!  I have been waiting to write a blog post for you for when I had some doll clothes making progress to show you.  And it’s not happening…  I am going to blame it on…

Our new puppy!!!

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Two weeks ago we drove 4-1/2 hours south to meet this 5 month-old chihuahua puppy and, well, we decided to make him a part of our family.  He has a wonderful temperament–is as sweet as can be and loves to cuddle.  Our 10 year-old chi does a lot of grumbling at this little guy, but he tries his hardest to put up with him and his crazy energy level (when he isn’t sleeping that is).

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My lap is full of chihuahua loves!

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I cannot believe Christmas has come and gone along with New Year’s, and now we are over the halfway point in January!

Christmas Day here in northern Illinois was sunny with a blue sky and 55ºF!  We enjoyed a walk wearing light coats or no coat at all.  So, Halloween felt like Christmas, as it was snowing all day, and Christmas felt like an ideal Halloween!

Even though we never did get to the tree farm to find a real tree we made our little artificial tree look sparkly and festive.  On Christmas Day we all took part in making dinner: baked salmon, green beans with mushroom gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, and cookies for dessert–simple and yummy.

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We visited the Volo Antique Mall during the holiday break.  My daughter saw these Ideal Love Mate cards; I thought they were a hoot–my how things have changed, thank goodness.  The copyright on them is 1941.  I wanted to know more about these.  I found the original machine they came in on eBay.

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New Year’s Day morning found me starting my new planner and knitting on a pair of socks which I completed this past week.

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The colors are kind of wild, but they kept my feet warm while shoveling the snow this afternoon.

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Since I finished one pair of socks I started another!  These will be for my daughter.

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Cannot forget about the birds and how they get so hungry when the snow is falling.  Yesterday afternoon I layered sunflower seeds with a basic bird mix and headed out to the feeder which had been recently cleaned out by the squirrels.

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Last night was all blustery and snowy and cozy.  It was nice being indoors!

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It’s been an easy winter so far.  Even the snowfall last night, the first since early November wasn’t much, although if you ask Morris he would disagree.

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We all helped shovel today.  Thanks to physical therapy my back is so much better; I am very thankful that I can help out!  Notice the little chihuahua potty patch we shoveled.  Ha ha.

Our older chihuahua loves loves loves soft blankets!  This pure white blanket is as soft as can be.  Whoever manufactured it though failed to close up the hole that was used to turn it right side out.  Look who found it… and got in it!  He’s a funny dog.

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I thought I’d show you the list of puppy names we came up with for our new addition.  Can you guess which name we chose?  Naming this guy took days for us all to decide.

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And one last photo–this gorgeous sunset during the first week of January 2020!

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Our new puppy’s name is Pebbles!

Sending you all the warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

BTW, maybe if you all put thoughts out in the universe of me creating things for my dolls it will happen!  I am really missing it, but cannot seem to get down to my studio. *sigh*

 

 

Twilight Tour at the Pabst Mansion & Other Bits

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Hello friends!  And Happy Solstice!  It’s the shortest day of the year.  I think I read there are only 9 hours of daylight today.  We have some sunshine and warmer than normal temperatures happening now.  I think everyone in the US does too?  It’s not very Christmas-y, but so much easier to travel for everyone who is visiting family and friends.

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We’ve had lots of cloudy days this fall, but once in awhile sunsets like these happen.

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All you knitters and crocheters understand this ornament, don’t you?  We laugh about often at a local craft group I attend.  It’s a problem for most of us in the group.  I don’t really count when I am knitting, but definitely when I am crocheting.

We attended the Twilight Tour at the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night.  We had previously attended in 2017 and enjoyed it very much.  Photos from the three posts in 2017 can be found herehere, and here.  This year the rooms were decorated by different designers, so they looked a little different which was nice.

The smaller photos will enlarge if you click on them.

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Musician’s Nook

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Beautiful ornaments on the dining room trees

Now upstairs… second and third floors…

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Emma’s Bedroom (the youngest daughter)

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Elsbeth’s Bedroom (first grandchild and only child raised in this house)

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Second floor landing with stairs up to third floor

Up to the third floor…

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The Library

The library has been taken over by teddy bears–my favorite room in the house this year.

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There are two guest rooms on the third floor.  The larger one, the primary guest room, also has a sitting room.  The two sons’ bedroom is also on the third floor, but was closed this evening.

We enjoyed our Twilight Tour very much again this year.  This Pabst Mansion is a treasure and I am thankful to all those who helped to save it from becoming a parking lot!!!

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me.

What are you up to this weekend?

Early Light

Good morning friends!  While I made my coffee on this ‘still dark’ morning it was cozy inside with Christmas lights  and candles flickering in every room–such a magical time of year.  I thought I’d share some of my cozy Christmas-y places with you this morning.

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We’ve decided to definitely forgo the real tree this year.  Our 2019 Christmas tree is this 4′ tree set atop our vintage drum table.  (This drum table originally belonged to my grandfather’s sister, then to my mother, then we recently inherited it.  I love it and treasure it!)  I added some of my favorite ornaments to the tree on Sunday; it is festive  and feels ‘just fine’ to me.

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I’ve shown you our dining room before, but in the morning it is extra inviting.  The dining room set is from my parents.  I couldn’t bear to have it sold, so I asked for it when they wanted to get rid of it.  When I was young it was in its natural wood state.  This set is only slightly older than I am, and has been in my possession since my daughter was a preschooler.

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In the kitchen we have this tiny tree all lit up with lights around the bay window.  We actually leave the lights around the bay window up all year.

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And outside the window above the kitchen sink is this little tree all aglow on the back deck.

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My sister-in-law brought this cranberry salsa to Thanksgiving dinner.  It was really good and fresh tasting.  I wanted to share it with you.  I’m hoping to make it for our Christmas dinner this year.

Cranberry Salsa

1 lb. cranberries (or 2-12oz. bags of fresh), fresh or frozen (thawed)

1/2 c. or 1 c. sugar (the recipe calls for 1, but my sil used 1/2)

2 t. grated orange zest

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, and diced

3 oranges, peeled, and diced

2-4 Serrano chiles, stemmed and diced, with seeds, optional

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 bunch scallions, white and light green parts, chopped

Chop up the cranberries, if desired.  Mix together all ingredients.  Enjoy!

Not much new going on with dolly ensembles right now.  I still have something for Gracie in the works, but am not sure it will get completed this year.  We’ll see…, but most likely not. 😦  Poor Gracie!

Have a beautiful Wednesday! ❤  Just realized–this is the last Wednesday before Christmas!!!